Ongoing History of New Music

The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 976: A Black History Month follow-up

A couple of years back, I did an Ongoing History episode called “The Diversity Show. It ran in February as part of Black History month with the goal being to salute the contributions of people of African descent to the world of rock.

It was quite the list. We had to talk about Jimi Hendrix, of course. But then there was also Death, a criminally overlooked band from Detroit who was about 20 years ahead of their time.

The show included Bad Brains, the great hardcore band from DC. We moved to England for discussions about ska starts The Specials and The English Beat. The punk-funk of Fishbone. And the metal crunch of both Living Colour and Ice-T’s Body Count. The program also featured Lenny Kravitz, Bloc Party, Barka, Kenny Hoopla, and more.

But the list was incomplete, of course. There was only so much time and it was impossible to cover everyone. So let’s spread the recognition around a little more. Deal?

Songs heard on this show:

  • The Selector, On My Radio
  • Bam Bam, Ground Zero
  • Gorillza, Cracker Island ft. Cracker Island
  • Staggered Crossing, A Million Works of Art
  • Lockup – Punch Drunk
  • H09909, Bite My Face
  • Faithless, World Discussin
  • Massive Attack, Angel

And now, Eric Whilhite’s playlist:

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We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s, and anywhere else with a transmitter and I’ll see what I can do.

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2 thoughts on “The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 976: A Black History Month follow-up

  • This episode was incredible! Just listening to the last 10 min here in Edmonton on Sonic 102.9.

    I am going to buy all these songs as singles. Because last week you taught me that streaming is less sustainable.

    Keep it up!

  • man i really wish youd list everyone mentioned in this one. Theres so many names. not just the ones whose songs got played


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